New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed
criminal proceedings against social activist Teesta Setalvad
for her alleged role in a case of exhuming the bodies of
post-Godhra riot victims in 2006 at Pandarwada in Gujarat.
A bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha also
issued notice to the Gujarat government seeking its response
to Setalvad`s plea for quashing the criminal proceedings
She had approached the apex court against the May 27
order of the Gujarat High Court refusing to quash the First
Information Report (FIR) registered against her.
Setalvad had moved the high court in May for quashing
the FIR registered against her at a police station in
Panchmahal district of the state in connection with exhumation
of the bodies from Pandarwada and surrounding villages in
Khanpur taluka from a graveyard near river Panam in Gujarat.
The High Court, however, had quashed the summons
issued to her terming her as absconding. It observed that by
showing Setalvad as an absconding accused in the charge sheet
filed in April, "a glaring mistake has been committed by the
The FIR had alleged that Setalvad, who had earlier
secured anticipatory bail from a local court in Panchmahal
district, was the prime conspirator behind the incident.
Setalvad was implicated in the case by one of her
former close aides Rais Khan who was associated earlier with
her civil society organisation -- Citizen for Justice and
Khan had alleged that the bodies were exhumed at the
instance of Setalvad.